Courcheval and Meribel are better known as the 3 Vallees of which Meribel was home to the Olympic games and offers a wide choice of ski/snowboard slopes (Altiport is best for beginners) from 2200 metres plus with an excellent cable car system. Great views of Mount Blanc are to be had here. Val Thorens can also be reached by cable from Meribel . Around 1000 metres below Meribel and at the bottom of the Gondola is the much quieter resort of Brides-Le-Bains (summer Spa town).
Chambery is a town dominated by the Castle of the Dukes of Savoie and there is an adjoining chapel which should be seen and was once home to the 'Turin' shroud. The main area of the town is Place Saint Leger (by the fountains).
The Roman spa town of Aix-les-Bains, is a playground for the rich and famous and is situated to the North and where one can play casino! Val d'Isere is also renowned for being the winter retreat for the rich and fabulous and besides Tignes offers experienced skiers a challenge.
Tignes is a great destination for going off-piste skiing, often only accessible by helicopter!
The skiing season starts from early December (along with some of the lower feeding gondola’s) and runs until April depending on weather and snow fall. The slopes can be very cold (-10 degrees and below) in December and January with mid to late February (around school half term and means busy slopes on-piste) being the time the sun shines at its warmest.
Geneva, Lyon and St Etienne.
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